Burton Albion extended their lead at the top of the table with an impressive 1-0 win away at Sheffield United.
Lucas Akins’ second half strike was the game’s only goal as the Brewers got back to winning ways, moving four points clear at the summit. Defeat for the Blades, their second in four days, drops them down to 12th and four points off the play-offs.
Wigan lost ground, but remain second after they held on for nearly an hour with 10 men to draw 0-0 with promotion-chasing Millwall. The Latics picked up a point, despite Sam Morsy’s dismissal just after the half-hour mark, and are now undefeated in their last 13 games. The Lions stay fifth.
Walsall move up to third despite being held 0-0 at home by Scunthorpe. A second consecutive goalless draw puts the Saddlers just four points behind second-placed Wigan with a game in hand. The Iron stay in 14th.
Gillingham dropped a place to fourth after they were beaten 2-1 by Fleetwood. Two goals inside the opening ten minutes from Wes Burns and Shola Ameobi earned all three points for the Cod Army as they rise to 17th. Luke Norris’ strike before half-time gave the Gills hope, but defeat leaves Justin Edinburgh’s boys five points outside the top two.
Two play-off hopefuls met at Oakwell as Barnsley beat Coventry 2-0. Marc Roberts and Ashley Fletcher scored the goals as the Tykes move up to seventh. The Sky Blues remain sixth but only ahead of their Yorkshire rivals on goal difference.
Southend moved to within a point of the top six after Jack Payne’s late equaliser saw them draw 1-1 at home with struggling Crewe. George Cooper’s effort with less than five minutes remaining put Alex ahead, but Payne’s injury-time penalty robbed them of victory, leaving them eight points from safety.
Bottom club Colchester gave their survival hopes a bit of a boost with a 2-1 win away at promotion hopefuls Bradford. Wes Thomas had given the hosts the lead but a Darren Ambrose brace gave the U’s a much needed victory, however they remain at the foot of the table. The Bantams fall to ninth but are only a point behind sixth-placed Coventry.
Oldham stay in the bottom four after drawing 1-1 at home with Port Vale. Liam Kelly’s equaliser, after Sam Foley had put the visitors ahead, extends the Latics’ unbeaten run to seven games but leaves them three points from safety. Vale move up a place to 10th.
Blackpool drop into the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw away at rivals Chesterfield. The Tangerines, who had David Ferguson sent off in the 89th minute, took the lead in the second half through Brad Potts, but the Spireites were level within four minutes courtesy of a Jay O’Shea strike as they move up a place to 18th.
Doncaster stay dangerously close to the relegation zone after they were beaten 2-0 by Swindon Town. Two goals from Jonathan Obika gave victory to the Robins who sit in 11th, just four points outside the play-off places. Defeat for Donny leaves them just two points above the bottom four.
Shrewsbury moved out of the relegation places with a 2-0 win at home against Rochdale. Shaun Whalley’s early goal and Nat Knight-Percival’s strike on the stroke of half-time gave the Shrews victory and moves them two points clear of the bottom four.
In the evening’s other game, Bury defeated Peterborough 3-1. Leon Clarke and Ryan Lowe put the Shakers two-up at the break. Marcus Maddison pulled one back, but after Ricardo saw red, Andrew Tutte’s strike sent Posh to their fifth straight defeat. David Flitcroft’s side move up to 13th.
League One Player of Midweek: Darren Ambrose (Colchester United)
League One Team of Midweek: Colchester United
League One Goal of Midweek: Jay O’Shea (CHESTERFIELD vs Blackpool)